Oakley Anderson-Moore is best known for her feature film 'Brave New Wild', which was selected as 1 of 10 films to participate in the IFP Independent Doc Lab, and has played at numerous festivals, winning the WHFF Emerging Artist Award.
Oakley grew up traveling the world. Her father was a rock climber, and taught her the ropes at a very young age. With that sense of adventure and a DIY approach to life, Oakley, camera in hand, began exploring the climbing culture that was such an integral part of her father's past. She brought to life a story of men who were impassioned by an art form that the outside world only regarded in passing, and did so with a sense of humor, wonder and acceptance.
When Oakley isn't writing, or traveling the festival circuit for No Film School, she is working on a new narrative feature script that was shortlisted for the Sundance Alfred P. Sloan award.
'Brave New Wild' will be released this fall/winter. Her award winning companion short, titled 'Wild New Brave: How To Be A 1970s-Era Climbing Dirtbag', was nominated for Best Short Documentary at Raindance and screened across the world at film festivals and in the NOLS Exploration Tour.
WHY WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT OAKLEY
Filmmakers use moving images and a tone to evoke a certain emotional response from the audience, and whether or not those visuals are documentary or narrative, they are moving images all the same; the common studio wisdom that assumes those directors can't move between those two worlds is something we think is silly. One of the main goals of The BUREAU is to give filmmakers a chance to take exactly this kind of risk.
When we approached Oakley to be a part of The BUREAU, she knew *exactly* what kind of short film she wanted to make, it was an idea she had been kicking around in the back of her mind for a while, and we are excited to help bring it to life.
"I live in a pine tree outcropping in Northern Arizona, surrounded in every direction by brilliant red rocks. There are amazing vermillion cliffs surrounded by juniper, yucca, coyotes, horny toads, horny hikers, deranged climbers, and the occasional bobcat at sunset. But there are some places so hot and so dry, it’s not hard to suddenly imagine yourself on a barren, lifeless planet. You know, MARS.
A very loose premise: In the not-so-distant future, two geologists find themselves alone on the 120th Mission to Mars. When the company running the expedition goes bankrupt and her partner begins losing his mental faculties, one woman must reach great heights to escape the red planet."
We can't wait to see Oakley make the jump from documentary to narrative, and sci-fi no less!
UPDATE // Don't miss an open letter from Oakley.